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21 August 2019 - San Clemente CA

The New YT Decoy e-Enduro

YT, short for Young Talent, started from an idea CEO Markus Flossman had back in 2007. Most people would criticize someone trying to join the mountain bike industry this late in the game, but Flossman diverted negativity and what started off as a small batch dirt bike company has exploded into a thriving and notable mountain bike brand.

YT, short for Young Talent, started from an idea CEO Markus Flossman had back in 2007. Most people would criticize someone trying to join the mountain bike industry this late in the game, but Flossman diverted negativity and what started off as a small batch dirt bike company has exploded into a thriving and notable mountain bike brand. 

 

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With World Cup wins, Redbull Rampage Titles and a talented athlete roster, YT doesn’t plan on slowing down anytime soon. The newest edition to the YT lineup is the Decoy; a full suspension, e-Enduro bike. Shimano made their way down to the YT Mill in San Clemente, CA to chat about the development of the Decoy and why YT decided to join the e-MTB movement. 

 

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1) Shimano: Let’s start off with your e-MTB name; what inspired you to call this bike the Decoy?

Elmar Keineke & Riley Mueller (YT): The DECOY is not just an e-Bike, it’s an e-Enduro. A bike designed to take you further and faster, but without compromising the ride quality of an enduro bike. It may look like an enduro bike at first glance, but it’s much more than that. It’s not just named DECOY; it is a DECOY.

 

2) Shimano: One thing YT lists online is “YT exists to provide exactly what you need to set yourself free, to unleash your potential – bikes that let everyone do whatever they want”: How does the Decoy fit in with this statement?

YT: The DECOY fits in just perfect. Just imagine that one peak on your favorite mountain range with that trail heading down to the other side of the mountain. Until now you’ve never tried it because the way up and back was outside of your comfort zone. With the DECOY you can extend the range of your rides knowing you do not have to sacrifice the ride quality of your bike. In short; this is your ticket to extended enduro rides that still feel like enduro rides.  

 

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3) Shimano: We watched the Adolf Silva video and he rides it like any normal bike… some people may be surprised that it’s an e-enduro bike. How much does the Decoy weigh?

Given the fact that we are using a motor and a battery in addition to our proven concepts, of course the DECOY’s weight is above that of a Capra for example. The key to the excellent handling of the DECOY is weight distribution, frame geometry and suspension design, as opposed to sheer numbers that only matter in a subjective comparison on paper. We don’t measure what’s on paper, instead we focus on the excitement level when out riding.  

 

4) Shimano: You use two different wheel sizes, with a 27.5” rear wheel and a 29” front. Why did YT decide to go this route? How does it improve the ride?

Mixed wheel sizes are the perfect formula for certain bike categories, like our e-Enduro. The 29er front wheel helps to roll over rough terrain with ease, while maintaining optimal braking and cornering control. The smaller diameter rear wheel makes the bike feel more agile, it acts livelier and more playful, particularly in steeper terrain.

 

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5) YT uses the V4L (Virtual 4 Link) rear suspension on the Decoy, which is the linkage used on other YT models. How were you able to design this e-MTB around the same linkage? Did the motor cause any issue?

Carrying over our proven V4L suspension technology to the DECOY has been fundamental in order to achieve the ride dynamics and ride-quality we had in mind. Without the freedom that the SHIMANO STEPS e-8000 motor’s build dimensions provide, we wouldn’t have been able to place the main swing arm-pivot at the desired spot or keep the chain stays as short as we want.

 

6) That brings us to our next question; with so many motors available on the market, why did YT decide to go with the SHIMANO STEPS e8000 motor?

We chose the STEPS e8000 because of its ride quality, light weight, dimensions, power output, compatibility with our own battery ideas and last but not least, the available crank arm options. It seems like everyone else has forgotten to offer crank arms that meet the standards we use to in the mountain bike world. We can’t build a mountain bike with touring bike cranks!

 

7) Were your athletes used in the development of the Decoy?

Athlete feedback and involvement in our development processes are vital and a massively important part of the YT DNA.  Now, our only problem is that our athletes don’t want to ride anything else but their DECOYs!

 

Thanks to Inga Kaufmann, Jeff Nichols, Elmar Keineke and Riley Mueller for answering our questions and showing us your awesome facility! 

 

For more information on the YT Decoy, please visit: https://us.yt-industries.com/cat/index/sCategory/73537

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